Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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I got a divorce a few years ago-I know exactly how you feel with the cheating husbands. I love being independent and I’ll NEVER show my ex I need him or miss him one bit. It feels so good! I have friends who still make their exes do things for them-they’re crazy because they don’t have that TOWANDA moment! 6 years ago

Hellkitten1978I AM TOWANDA!!!!

Ok well it all started on February 20th, but really it started before this. I found out that my husband had been messing where he shouldn’t have been messing. It started before that date but that was the date that I found out. He had fallen asleep on the bed and left his cell phone sitting on the desk. When it started buzzing I didn’t think anything of reaching over and answering it. I hit the button thinking that it was his friend calling. When I did this, there was suddenly a picture of some other woman’s breasts staring at me. My blood ran cold and my heart fell. I went upstairs and dialed the number attached, which had been saved in his phone as JG. There was no answer but there was a text moments later talking about how she couldn’t answer but she had told him she had pics on her phone too. The pic she sent was titled “Repay Pic”. I woke him up to confront him and he destroyed the phone before I could get more from it. I DID see another name in his contacts list before he did this though. I made him pull up his phone history and there were picture messages from him to her as well as lots of calls and texts. He swore up and down that he had sent her pics of our dog. Well I texted her and found out it was NOT our dog he was sending her pics of. I found out that he had registered on a dating site and had created the profile stating he was divorced. That night he took 45 muscle relaxers and a bunch of asprin/acetaminephine pills. I called the paramedics. I sat at the hospital and told the doctors what he had done and they still let him go home. That night I took over his accounts. He has since taken them down but oh it was a thing of beauty. I changed his dating profile to reflect the truth about the lying I re-routed his account to my email address and changed the password. I took over his myspace account as well and did the same. There were ppl I had never met before had no clue who they were who were talking about this all over the net. Unfortunately I cannot put the links up as he has taken the profile pages down. The next night after he swore to me that it was all make believe stuff on the internet and he didn’t think he was doing anything wrong, I got a phone call. Some girl called MY house and asked to speak to MY husband. I answered and when she asked if he was there I said “May I ask who is calling?” she gave her name and I asked “May I ask why you are calling my husband?” She got real quiet. Aparently he had gone to MEET THIS GIRL! He had driven up to the major city that is about an hour away and MET HER! Went to her house! She had no idea he was married. She was calling to check on him cause he had told her that he had been in an accident and totalled our truck and that was why he could not come up to see her. Needless to say I have the paperwork all in order. Unfortunately I do not have anywhere else to go while I am saving the money to get moved away from his broke ass. He keeps trying to find a way to make it all better. I bought self-help books on marriage to keep him occupied while I bide my time. He knows I am leaving and he knows that there is nothing that he can do to make up for this. I am using this time to get back for all the mean things he has ever said, for all the snide comments and the laziness. I have him running gopher for me. He lost his job and said that I was not giving him what he needed. He lost his job on Friday and that next Monday went to meet this girl. I disconnected his cell phone with a real quickness after all this went down. I made sure he didn’t die because if I have to feel all this, so does he. I am righting all the wrongs he has done to me and any one else. I am avenging myself and his ex’s and these women he has been toying with. I am TOWANDA!!!!

P.S. If you ever see a man using the user name v4p0ro0o or v4p0r this is more than likely the lying snake that I have described. His name is Greg and is NOT to be trusted. 6 years ago

frannydagMy BIG TOWANDAAA!!!!! Moment

Today I saw the fruits of nearly two years of persistence against the odds – I have been battling an RC racetrack that was built not 25 feet from my front door, and though every step I was told it was not going to happen and I should give up, today I GOT THE THING DISMANTLED!!!!!!! NO MORE NOISE, NO MORE SMELLY FUNESTOWANDAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 6 years ago

Listen closely...TOWANDA!!!!

As for the list:

1. You’ve slapped a man in the face. And didn’t regret it. absolutely, My first husband because he was so abusive, so One night I just had had enough and Hauled off and slapped him back. Didn’t regret it one bit. The other time was my 3rd Husband, He Kicked me out of MY house so that he could move his girlfriend in. So we met one night at Border’s bookstore so I could get a look at her. I got pissed at him for something he said so I hauled off and Slapped him to. No regrets there either.

2. You have stood up for yourself, and felt good about it. I do this all the time. I stand up for myself probably a little too much, and boy does it feel good.

3. You can fix your own leaky faucet, thank you very much. Yes I can, I can also change my own flat tire and many other things. I check my oil and all the other fluids in my car.

4. You can be sweet one minute and fiesty the next. Oh Hell Yeah!!! I’m bipolar remember. BUt seriously, I think I am a little too Fiesty for my DB at times. Our Sex drives Definitely don’t Match.

5. You are mysterious. Maybe I need to work on this one a little bit. Because I have always said that You can ask me any question and I will answer it honestly…

6. You can change your mind about something as much as you want. Oh, You betcha! Isn’t that one of the things Our minds were created for to change continuously?

7. You are independent. In mind, body, spirit, and any other way possible!!!!

8. You have many facets: playful, witty, charming, emotional, serious, curious, sensual, compassionate. You can bet you sweet patoot on that one…..
9. You don’t let your fears get in the way, and if they do, you face them head on…eventually. Yeah. This is definitely true for me.

10. You don’t care about what other people think. Why would I care what other people think of me. I am the cutest thing going…And I am funny and romantic, and interesting. If they don’t like me that’s their problem not mine…TOWANDA8 years ago

JUSTmeSELfHoly crap I need TOWANDA, and I think I see here every now and then lately

So my hubbub (husband)and I are separated. Not what I want but he asked for a divorce last year right before christmas. Okay, then we actually separated and I have my own place…(TOWANDA moment for me on that one)! That was in Feb. and in about 2 days and a wake up my hubbub returns from his four month deployment and hasn’t made his mind up. I think he thinks I am still the little wife I was before when I would sit at home and wait for him or his call. Girls I gotta tell ya, I am having a towanda moment I just don’t want to lose myself the first time I see him again. These past four months have been a great time to get to know myself again and here goes nothing~ sink or swim it’s time. TOWANDA!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8 years ago

WendyMaybe this counts as a Towanda moment?

Last night I did something that was a bit out of my comfort zone. Not a full-out TOWANDA like the parking lot episode, but I went to a party where I’d never met anyone face-to-face before (and only knew one of the people over the Internet). It was the birthday of an LJ friend (a friend who’d been introduced to me via a very close RL and LJ friend), and I decided that I’d go to this party in spite of not really knowing anyone there. And I’m SO glad I went – it was the best evening I’ve had in a very long time! So, YAY for going out of my comfort zone. Does this count? 8 years ago


Hee! I just watched that video clip, and it makes me laugh and laugh and laugh! I could have used a little TOWANDA earlier this week, when I got some crap from a couple of people during a board meeting for my chorus. Next time M tells me I don’t know anything about the world of “business,” she’d better WATCH OUT . . . or TOWANDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D

I do want to figure out a “goal” for this – something that I’ll know when I’ve achieved. Maybe something like knowing that I’ve gotten in touch with Towanda in my life once per week for a while. Even if it’s just in a little way . . . I could use that fiesty spirit from time to time, that’s for sure!

As for the list:

1. You’ve slapped a man in the face. And didn’t regret it. Not a slap, but I did kick someone in the shins. Turns out he didn’t deserve it, but I thought he did at the time. And it’s not something I see myself doing at this point in my life. But nah, I can’t say I regret it. :D

2. You have stood up for yourself, and felt good about it. Yep – I’ve done this. Wish I did a bit more of it this past Monday night, though.

3. You can fix your own leaky faucet, thank you very much. Hmnh. Don’t think I’ve ever tried to do this. But I can and do fix other things around the house. Sometimes. Nothing too difficult, though.

4. You can be sweet one minute and fiesty the next. Heh. Yeah.

5. You are mysterious. Well, I don’t know about this. Although last week I had a fortune cookie tell me that someone found me very mysterious, so I guess I’ll count it.

6. You can change your mind about something as much as you want. Oh, hell yes. I think it’s stupid not to!

7. You are independent. In mind and spirit, yes.

8. You have many facets: playful, witty, charming, emotional, serious, curious, sensual, compassionate. Oh yeah. :D

9. You don’t let your fears get in the way, and if they do, you face them head on…eventually. Yeah. This is definitely true for me.

10. You don’t care about what other people think. Of course I don’t care what other people think! (Most of the time, anyway. Well, almost all the time. Once in a while I might slip, but now I know that all I have to do is remember TOWANDA)!!!!! 8 years ago

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